Dr. Jason Lau – Consumer Representative
Dr. Jason Lau currently serves as Executive Director of Operations for Programs and Business for the School of Extended and International Education at Sonoma State University. He has accumulated over 15 years of professional experience in early childhood, school-age care services, and higher education. Jason is a Certified Park & Recreational Professional with a Ph.D. in Educational Policy & Leadership Studies from The University of Iowa, a Master of Arts degree in Leisure, Youth and Human Services Administration, and a Bachelor of Arts degree (Summa Cum Laude) from the University of Northern Iowa. He and his wife love to explore Marin County and beyond with their two beautiful children.
Kelsey Lombardi – Consumer Representative
Kelsey Lombardi has a Master degree in Special Education, a Bachelor’s degree in Child Development, and teaching credentials. She has taught in elementary, preschool and infant/toddler programs. In 2008, she started a non-profit called “Invest In Youth”, bringing Physical Education to afterschool programs. Kelsey was also a part of the “Healthy Kids From Day 1” committee, charged to give healthy opportunities to every child aged 0-5 in care. Kelsey is the Staff Support/ Child Outcomes Manager for the Marin Head Start program, which supports children and families living under the federal poverty level in the County. Kelsey sees Marin as a prosperous place with opportunities to offer it’s youngest and has strived to give back in the work she has chosen to do. She is a mom to a 2-year-old named Joseph.
Heidi Tomsky – Provider Representative
Our Chairwoman, Heidi Tomsky, is the Executive Director of Fairfax-San Anselmo Children’s Center (FSACC). The Center is a state subsidized program which opened in 1973 and cares for children ranging from infants up through 5th graders. She began her career in the early childhood field in 1977 as a teacher’s aide in the infant toddler program of FSACC and has continued in many different capacities at the Center until becoming the ED in 2007. Heidi began her education at College of Marin in ECE and completed her Bachelor’s Degree at Dominican University. She is an active member and former chair of the Marin County Child Development Directors Collaborative. Born and raised in Marin County, Heidi currently resides in Novato with her family.
Laura Trahan – Community Representative
Executive Committee Member
Laura Trahan is the Director of Education Services at Marin County Office of Education. She has been in education for over 20 years, starting her career as a speech and language pathologist (SLP) in the public school system. In her role as an SLP, she specialized in the assessment and identification of students between the ages of 3-5 who demonstrate speech and language delays and disorders. In her current role she works closely with districts in areas of curriculum, professional development, development of their Local Control and Accountability Plans as well other state and/or federal requirements. The topic of equity will be a particular area of focus of Laura’s work across the next few years. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology, California State University, Sacramento, with a Master of Science in Communicative Disorders from San Francisco State University as well as a Professional Administrative Services Credential.
Ana Andrade-Wolf – Provider Representative
Ana Andrade-Wolf is the owner of Wolf Pack Child Care in San Rafael. She has been a family child care provider for over 22 years and is very active in advocating for child care providers. Ana is a Mentor with Marin Child Care Council and the Mentor Program Coordinator with the Marin Family Child Care Association (MFCCA). Her mission as a Commissioner is to include Family Child Care in as many programs as possible and to advocate on behalf of the community of Family Child Care Providers in Marin County. Ana holds an AA Degree in Early Childhood Education from Sacre Coeur de Marie, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and a BA Degree in Liberal Arts from Mills College in Oakland, CA.
Tanya Myers – Community Representative
Tanya Myers is an ECE Assistant Project Consultant at Marin County Office of Education. She is also a bilingual ECE Professional Development Advisor and supports the ECE Workforce in applying for and renewing their Child Development Permits. She has worked in the Early Care and Education field with young children and their families for over 25 years. Tanya has had the opportunity to work with children in Infant/Toddler programs, Cooperative Preschools, Head Start, State Preschools, and Family Literacy programs. In addition, she has worked with as a Family Advocate for Head Start, a Community Liaison in a K-5 school, and as an Early Intervention Program Coordinator. Tanya is the mother of 2 children, ages 11 and 16 years, and lives in Fairfax.
Carol Barton – Community Representative
Carol Barton is the Early Childhood Education (ECE) Project Coordinator at Marin County Office of Education. Her role is informed by her experience as the owner/Director of a child care program, Director of the Child Development Program (State, Head Start, Special Ed, Fee-based) for AUSD; adjunct instructor in Child Development at Chabot College; Mentor Director, Parent Educator, Steering Committee member and Chair of Alameda County LPC; PITC trainer, and early childhood caregiver/educator, and participation in quality professional development whenever possible. Her master’s thesis was on high quality child care and her education includes extensive study of and passion for the Reggio Approach to ECE.
Elaini Negussie, MPH – Public Agency Representative
Ms. Negussie has over a decade of experience in community based participatory research and education programs both nationally and internationally. Her work focuses on health disparities and disruptive innovation strategies to address them. She has been forming active community partnerships to disseminate information, raise awareness about health disparities and support healthy living in communities of color, specifically through addressing social determinants of health. She collaborates closely with a wide group of advocates and health professionals to create community-driven health solutions that are intentional and support community leadership. Ms. Negussie earned her MPH from Boston University.
Xochilt Fierro – Consumer Representative
NJ Han – Consumer Representative
NJ Han is a therapeutic coach and consultant with Integrative Coaching Services in San Rafael. NJ has worked with children and families since 1998, and currently consults families and their children who have been labeled with a range of behavioral, academic and/or social emotional challenges. She received her Masters in Education at Loyola University and is trained as an Association Montessori Internationale (AMI certified) Primary level Montessori teacher. She is a current doctoral candidate at the University of San Francisco in the Organization and Leadership Program, with a specialization in Special Education. Her current research explores the paradigmatic differences within societal and academic frameworks around disability justice. She is a guest lecturer at USF about teacher education and literacy building, and continues to speak about the spectrum of issues plaguing K-12 education in various modalities. She lives in San Rafael with her partner and four children.
Maricruz Aldana – Provider Representative
Maricruz Aldana has worked for Community Action Marin for the last 12 years, where she spent 11 of those years in a teaching capacity with children ranging from ages 2 years old to 13 years old in the Child Development Program. She has recently transitioned into a new role as the Early Childhood Education Community Workforce Manager, supporting an entering workforce for the early childhood education field addressing the dire shortage of teachers. Maricruz holds a Bachelors in Arts in Human Development with a concentration in Early Childhood Education and Development from Pacific Oaks College. She has developed a passion for providing quality services for children and families and for supporting the workforce to make it possible.
Corinna Calica – Provider Representative
Dr. Corinna Calica currently serves as Director of Child Development Program and Early Childhood Education for College of Marin. Corinna has accumulated over 28 years of professional experience in child development, infant toddler development, family home childcare, school-age development, and higher education. She has worked extensively as an early childhood professional and adjunct ECE faculty for Solano Community College, Benicia Unified School District, and Chabot-Las Positas Community College District.
Corinna is an infant toddler specialist for Program for Infant Toddler Care (PITC), with an Ed. D. in Educational Leadership from UC Davis School of Education – Sonoma State University, a Master of Arts in Human Development from Pacific Oaks College, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the UC Berkeley. Corinna and her husband have three daughters, ages 16, 20 and 23.
Baldemar Ruppert – Community Representative
Baldemar Ruppert is a Resource & Referral Specialist at Marin Child Care Council where he works within a well-developed system that supports parents, providers, and local communities in finding and providing affordable quality childcare. He is also a Community Representative with Parent Voices of Marin with a mission to fighting to make quality child care accessible and affordable for all families. Baldemar has been in the Early Childhood Education field for around five years, working at organizations such as Mission Child Care Consortium and WuYee Children Services. He is currently attending San Francisco State to attain his Masters in Public Administration with an emphasis in Public Policy and Early Childhood Education.
Sarah Grewe – Discretionary Representative
Sarah Grewe currently works in Early Childhood Education for Mill Valley School District, and is pursuing a masters degree in Clinical Psychology. She is also a Girl Scout troop leader. Before moving to Marin, Sarah served two terms on the board of the San Carlos-Belmont Mother’s Club, lead a community service committee with the Junior League of Palo Alto, and served as an AmeriCorps VISTA for Habitat for Humanity, Greater San Francisco. She holds a B.A. in Political Science from UCLA, and has two young children.
Sandy Jacklin – Provider Representative
Sandy Jacklin has been teaching in the field of Early Childhood Education for over twenty years and is currently responsible for Admissions & Operations at GATE Academy. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in the field of Young Children and Families and was a Mentor Teacher in the California Early Childhood Mentor Program, which provides support to student teachers at the College of Marin. Sandy has presented at several workshops over the years, including at the NAEYC National Conference, on topics such as Mind in the Making, Block Play (to teach children using the California Learning Foundations/Creative Curriculum guidelines) and Learning through Nature Study. She also serves as the Board Secretary at MAEYC – Marin Association for the Education of Young Children.
Lyda Beardsley – Provider Representative
Lyda Beardsley is the Director of the Ethel Seiderman Institute for Excellence in Early Education at the College of Marin. The Institute provides opportunities for experienced early childhood educators to engage in ongoing professional development with early education experts. Lyda is also the Executive Director of the Trio Foundation, which funds organizations that serve low-income young children and their families in the East Bay. She holds a PhD in Educational Psychology from UC Berkeley with a focus on early development and learning. Lyda grew up in Marin, was an early childhood teacher, director, and consultant in San Francisco and the East Bay and was a teacher educator and director of campus lab schools at College of Marin, Mills College, and UC Berkeley.
Saul Godinez – Consumer Representative
Saul Godinez is a Mexican-American who has been living in Marin for 18 years. In 2001, he joined Canal Alliance, one of the most important local non-profits dedicated to help low-income, Spanish-speaking immigrants acquire the tools they need to thrive. He was quickly promoted to family advocate and probation specialist and currently is the organization’s Family Resource Coordinator. Saul also serves on the Marin County School Attendance Review Board and facilitates a 10 week parenting classes- the Parent Project Inc. ® “Changing Destructive Behavior in Adolescence”. He received the 2001 National Father of the Year Award at the Northwest Fatherhood Conference hosted by the Arizona Father and Families Coalition. Saul currently lives in San Rafael with his wife and their four children.
Jayne Johnson – Community Representative
Jayne has worked with children and families for over 20 years as an Early Childhood Educator, Administrator and Trainer. Jayne has a strong desire to support children and families by creating supportive environments that promote core values and quality programming. She is an advocate for Staff Training and Development, providing educators and program leaders with theory and practicum necessary to implement quality programs. Jayne works for the Marin YMCA as the Director of Youth Development. She is currently completing a Master’s Program in Canine Life Science. With her love of children and animals, she plans to integrate Humane Education into ECE and Youth Programs, teaching children about compassion toward animals. Jayne holds a Bachelor’s Degree and Program Director Permit from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.
Ruth Pineda – Community Representative
Ruth was in the Early Child Education field for over 16 years. She first worked with Marin Head Start in the infant and toddler program; she then had the opportunity to be a family advocate, a year after she was part of the Early Head Start home visiting team. In 2008 she joined the Marin Child Care Council as a case manager, becoming Resource and Referral Specialist and the Parent Voices Organizer. Ruth had 5 children ages between16 years to 3 years old, which is why she believed that every child deserves the opportunity to have an early start in life. (1981 – 2019)
Lourdes Romo – Provider Representative
Lourdes Romo came to this country with her family at the age of 10. She has lived in West Marin ever since. She is mother of two daughters, 12 and 19 years old. She has been serving the children and families of West Marin in many different capacities for over 15 years. She now serves as the Executive Director at Papermill Creek Children’s Corner in Point Reyes Station, prior to that she worked as a Family Advocate serving the Shoreline Unified School district families along with Papermill Creek Children’s Corner families, offering school readiness, social services and support as well as information and referral services for low income families living in rural West Marin for the last 10 plus years. She has a Child Development Associate Teacher Permit from the State of California. She continues to pursue her goal higher education in the Early Childhood Education field.